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McKinnon ready to take reins at Dundee United

Dundee UnitedDundee United’s season may have ended on a sour note, but a new manager is likely to be appointed imminently.

Ray McKinnon resigned as manager of Raith Rovers and is expected to be unveiled as the manager at Tannadice to succeed Mixu Paatelainen who left on 4 May after Dundee United’s relegation from the Premiership.

Raith missed out on promotion to the top flight after losing to Hibernian in the play-off semi-final, making McKinnon’s departure all but certain.

The Kirkcaldy club yesterday announced: “The search for a new manager has already begun.”

Chief executive Eric Drysdale said: “Everyone at the club is naturally very disappointed that Ray has reached this decision, and we certainly did everything in our power, and then more, to try to retain his services but he leaves Raith Rovers with thanks and best wishes for the future.

“Ray has built a terrific squad of players with tremendous team spirit, and that will be his legacy.”

McKinnon had two spells as a player at United and Raith and joined Rovers as manager last year after three years in charge of Brechin City.

His appointment will provide some cheer after Dundee United were punished for playing ineligible players in their match at Inverness.

The club was deducted three points and fined £30,000, part of which is suspended.

Two players were named in the squad for last Friday’s match, and while Jamie Robson was an unused substitute, Alistair Coote came on in the 76th minute to replace Simon Murray. At the time, United were leading 3-2 and went on to win the match by that scoreline.

The club pleaded guilty to breaches of SPFL player regulations 12, 14(i) and 14(ii), by failing to apply to register the players.

The disciplinary hearing decided that replaying the game before the end of the season was not practical.

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